I need to get up to speed on Civil 3D 2012 for design and survey field purposes. I am pretty good at using Carlson, but this Civil 3D is a different beast. I need some type of training for moderate to advanced users. Does anyone have a good book suggestion that comes with demo dwgs? I need help in all of this dynamic stuff, and file structure issues. I have been reading posts and asking questions as I get to an issue, but sometimes I just don't know what questions to ask until I've spent a lot of time on an issue.
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Seriously, Good Luck - You'll be up to speed before you know it.
I believe 90% is desire.
I've actually used both applications, a lot. I'm using Civil 3D at about 100% right now. If you were able to get pretty good with Carlson, Civil 3d shouldn't be an issue to pick up, and it's a lot more enjoyable to work with.
one of the first steps would be to find a good template. keep in mind that unlike Carlson, the Civil 3D objects cant be modified the same way Carlson CAD parts could be modified. meaning if you didnt like the way Carlson plotted a profile, you could just manually edit, whereas Civil 3D essentially builds dynamic blocks edited through styles.
The part catalogs are a similar case... the catalog is about the only external file outside of the .dwg with C3D, and you'll want to set it up so that you have some good parts to build from.
As a firm, you also want to determine how extensive you want to model your design. Civil 3D can do a lot, but it doesnt mean it's required... like do you model just storm manholes, or model the inlet up top as well?
Feel free to ask any specific, i can try and translate Carlson - Civil 3D
Thanks guys. I know there is a lot of different stuff out there, and so much of it is free, but I needed some direction. I read what the Mastering Autocad book was about and I think that will be what I need.